September YW Lesson Helps - How Do I Guard My Virtue? Alma 26:12 12 Yea, I know that I am nothing; as to my strength I am weak; therefore I will not boast of myself, but I will boast of my God, for in his strength I can do all things; yea, behold, many mighty miracles we have wrought in this land, for which we will praise his name forever.
The lesson outline asked the following questions: Consider how living a virtuous life brings peace to you. What effects does pornography have on the world and on families? How have you been a guardian of virtue? How might young women’s language, actions, and appearance affect others? How might young women be exposed to pornography? What gospel principles and preventive measures can help them keep their thoughts and actions pure?
I did not add a slide for these questions but I think they are excellent points to address and ways to start valuable conversations. Teachers could ask these questions to the girls and allow them to share their experiences with the class.
Both of the videos above are wonderful. Choose whichever is most appropriate for your girls.
The handout comes from the scripture in Proverbs 31:10. Focusing on a virtuous woman having worth far above rubies. I thought you could tie the handout to a small bag of red candies (gumballs, cherry drops, hot tamales etc).
This Power Point Covers: "Why Are We Commanded To Keep The Sabbath Day Holy?"
I love the quote on the handout! The Sabbath day is a Holy Day NOT a Holiday! It puts things into perspective! I also like one of the slides where a man is fast asleep on the couch and it talks about how "lounging around" is also not keeping the Sabbath Day Holy. Now I don't think a short nap/rest on Sunday is a bad thing...what I think it is referring to is if we do NOTHING on Sunday. That is also considered "breaking the sabbath." In this crazy world it is very hard to ever really "rest from our labors." Sometimes Sundays can be just as hectic and busy as weekdays. We may have multiple meetings, family events, meals to prepare etc. What I found from this lesson is PREPARATION is key! I know I need to think through my Sunday in advance so I have a plan. I need to make a plan so that I can devote the Sabbath to the Lord. :)
I love this lesson because "Why" we fast may not be something we think about very often. It can become commonplace to observe fast Sunday and go about our business. This lesson pointed out "Why" as well as the blessings available to all of us when we fast with a purpose.
I used the talk "Blessings of a Proper Fast" by Carl Pratt from the lesson outline. I also used "True to the Faith" as content for the slides. I found a story in the September 2008 New Era called "Not So Fast." I loved this story. I included it because I thought it was a great "real world" example that the youth may have experienced themselves.
The quote on the handout comes from the above story. I think its simple yet powerful!
This power point covers: "How Do The Things I Say Affect Me & Others?"
Another reminder that really applies to all of us! One aspect of this lesson that I had not thought of was how we speak to ourselves! That inner voice inside our head should be positive, not negative. What we think about affects how we speak and act towards ourselves and others.
This is also a lesson on language...avoiding swearing, vulgarity, gossip, cruel comments, bad jokes, etc. This is huge as school starts and kids are trying to figure out who they are and where they fit in. I hope our youth don't compromise their standards to fit in.
I also included a bunch of Mormonads from lds.org. I'm a sucker for Mormonads. I grew up with them on my bedroom wall. I love the visuals and hope the image and message will stick with our youth as they go from day to day.
The two videos in the outline are awesome! We have used both for family night and they both apply to this lesson if you'd like to show one.
The handout is a quote from Larry M. Gibson (General Young Mens Presidency) It points out the power of our thoughts, words and actions. They truly are connected.
This Power Point covers: "How Can I Be In The World But Not Of The World?"
September lessons center around the commandments. The first lesson is titled "How Can I Be In The World But Not Of The World? Good question!!!
Courage to stand for our beliefs is how we can stay "out of the world." We also need to arm ourselves with the "Whole Armor of God." We have to live in this world but we do not have to follow the downward spiral that society is taking.
The videos are all great. I also liked one of the supplemental activities in the outline (see below). I did not include it in the slides but if you have time in class (or as an activity) I think it could be a powerful experience!
Ask the class to make a list of commandments that might be difficult for young women their age to keep. Invite each young woman to choose one item from the list and use the scriptures, For the Strength of Youth, and her own experiences to give advice on how to overcome temptation to disobey this commandment.
The handout is just a reminder that we need to have COURAGE NOT COMPROMISE!!!